PLAN B FOR UTOPIA Joan Clevillé Dance Pleasance Courtyard, Mon 21–Sun 27 Aug, 10.30am, £12 (£10). This stunning show debuted at the Fringe in 2015. Now, Dundee-based Joan Clevillé Dance – one of Scotland’s hottest emerging dance companies – returns to the festival with Plan B for Utopia, a show that mixes dance, humour, storytelling and theatre to explore life and friendship. SUMMERHALL
5 SOLDIERS Rosie Kay Dance Company Army @ The Fringe in Association with Summerhall, Fri 11–Sat 26 Aug (not 14, 15, 21, 22), 8.30pm, £12 (£10). This impressive work from Rosie Kay Dance Company premiered at Glasgow’s Tramway in 2016. Kay spent time with an infantry regiment as part of her research for the piece, which uses dance to show a microcosm of life in the Army. Performed in a real life Army Reserve Centre and presented in association with The Army. BORDER TALES Luca Silvestrini’s Protein, presented by The Place Summerhall, Tue 8–Sat 26 Aug (not 14, 21), 2.40pm, £13 (£11). Previews Fri 4–Sun 6 Aug, £11 (£9). Border Tales looks at post-Brexit Britain seen
through the eyes of an international cast and gazes satirically on stereotypical thinking about migrant outsiders and bigoted homelanders. Commissioned by Bath Dance, ICIA Bath, DanceEast, DanceXchange, Dance Manchester, The Place. ROSALIND James Cousins Company, presented by The Place Summerhall, Tue 8–Sat 26 Aug (not 14, 21), 4.30pm, £13 (£11). Previews Fri 4–Sun 6 Aug, £11 (£9). Acclaimed choreographer James Cousins takes one of Shakespeare’s most admired heroines, Rosalind from As You Like It, and questions whether women still need to be seen to shed their femininity to gain equality in today’s world. Commissioned by the British Council as part of Shakespeare Lives. Co-commissioned by Arts Council Korea, The Place and Tramway, Glasgow.
TAIWAN SEASON: HEART OF DARKNESS Sun Son Theatre Summerhall, Fri 4–Sun 27 Aug (not 7, 14, 21), 3.15pm, £10–£12 (£8–£10). Previews Wed 3 & Thu 4 Aug, £6. Inspired by choreographer Pei-Fen Low’s grandmother, Heart of Darkness explores the way that human existence dwindles as time progresses. Taipei-based Sun Son Theatre’s show features dance, music, imagery and symbolic objects alongside traditional and folk elements, to
explore a woman’s journey through life. Founded in 1998, Sun Son Theatre fuses classic and modern aesthetics to create work that is free from racial and cultural boundaries. VELVET PETAL: BEDROOM Scottish Dance Theatre Summerhall, Thu 17–Sun 27 Aug (not 21, 22), 1.15pm, £10 (£8). Velvet Petal is inspired by the life-cycle of the monarch butterl y and Robert Mapplethorpe’s polaroids, and is set to a fresh dance punk score. Dundee-based Scottish Dance Theatre recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, and this show – which comes to the Fringe off the back of a successful Scottish tour – is choreographed by its artistic director Fleur Darkin. Part of Made in Scotland 2017.
THE VERY IMPORTANT CHILD The Mostly Everything People ZOO, Sun 6–Mon 28 Aug (not 7, 14, 21, 25, 26), 9.35pm, £10–£12 (£8–£10). Previews Fri 4 & Sat 5 Aug, £6. A lecture about conl ict and Jane Loevinger’s theory of ego development goes bad. Explosive, poetic, comedic contemporary theatre for grown- up babies of all ages, directed by Jennifer Fletcher and Christopher Preece (Emerging Artists 2015 at Canada Water Culture Space). With a variety of props and intricate sound design, The Very
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